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A03267
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
961
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY SOLOMON, MERSKI, SIEGEL, FREEMAN, HOHENSTEIN,
BURGOS, MADDEN, PROBST, SANCHEZ, HILL-EVANS, KENYATTA,
SCHLOSSBERG, CIRESI, BENHAM, GALLAGHER, PARKER, CEPEDA-
FREYTIZ, FIEDLER, STURLA, HARKINS AND FLEMING, APRIL 24, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT, APRIL 24, 2023
AN ACT
Amending Title 68 (Real and Personal Property) of the
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in preliminary
provisions, providing for county property contact information
list; imposing duties on recorders of deeds; and providing
for penalties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a chapter to read:
CHAPTER 25
COUNTY PROPERTY CONTACT INFORMATION LIST
Sec.
2501. Definitions.
2502. Establishment.
2503. Requirement.
2504. Contact information.
2505. Access to information on list.
2506. Fees.
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2507. Penalties.
§ 2501. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Busin ess." An association as defined in 15 Pa.C.S. § 102
(relating to definitions), not including a limited liability
company.
"Limited liability company." As defined in 15 Pa .C.S. § 102.
"List." A property contact list established and maintained
by a recorder under section 2502 (relating to establishment).
"Recorder." A county recorder of deeds or a county official
responsible for recording documents in a county without a
recorder of deeds.
§ 2502. Establishment.
A recorder shall establish and maintain a list for the real
properties located within the county.
§ 2503. Requirement.
Contact information for a real property shall be added to the
list under the following circumstances:
(1) when a deed for real property is recorded, the
recorder shall collect contact information and add the
information to the list;
(2) when a real property owner voluntarily submits the
information to the recorder, the recorder shall add the
information to the list; or
(3) when the owner of a real property is cited for a
violation of a municipal ordinance or code, the municipality
shall collect the contact information for the real property
and relay the contact information to the recorder who shall
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add the contact information to the list.
§ 2504. Contact information.
(a) Contact information.--The following contact information
shall be provided to the recorder when required or permitted:
(1) If the buyer or owner of a property is an
individual, the individual's name, residential address,
telephone number and email address.
(2) If the buyer or owner of a property is a business,
the business's name, business address and telephone number
and email address of one owner or employee of the business.
The owner or business shall provide the contact information
of an individual, representative or employee who has the
authority and ability to repair, maintain or otherwise remedy
a problem or municipal code violation for the property,
including the individual, representative or employee's name,
address, telephone number and email address to the recorder .
(3) If the buyer or owner of a property is a limited
liability company, the name of the company, company address
and telephone number and email address of one member or
manager with ownership interest or right in the limited
liability company. The owner or limited liability company
shall provide the contact information of an individual,
representative or employee who has the authority and ability
to repair, maintain or otherwise remedy a problem or
municipal code violation for the property, including the
individual, representative or employee's name, address,
telephone number and email address to the recorder.
(b) Changes.--If the contact information collected under
subsection (a) changes, the owner of the property or the owner's
representative shall notify the recorder with current
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information within 30 days. If the owner fails to notify the
recorder of changes, the owner may be subject to penalties under
section 2507 (relating to penalties).
§ 2505. Access to information on list.
A municipality or individual may request contact information
for a real property from the recorder. The recorder shall share
the information with the requester if the municipality or
individual demonstrates a reasonable need and use for the
contact information, which shall include a discussion with the
real property owner regarding real property maintenance and
upkeep. The request must include an affirmation that the
requested information will not be used for commercial purposes
or purposes other than those made in the request.
§ 2506. Fees.
A recorder may assess and collect a fee of up to $20 per
request for the contact information for a real property.
§ 2507. Penalties.
(a) General rule.--A county may levy a fine of up to $1,000
against an individual, business or limited liability company
that intentionally or knowingly provides false or incorrect
contact information or intentionally or knowingly fails to
update contact information with the recorder as required by this
chapter .
(b) Commercial purposes.--A county may levy a fine of up to
$10,000 against a person or entity who an individual, business
or limited liability company that uses the requested contact
information for commercial purposes or purposes other than those
made in the initial request for contact information to the
recorder.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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